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Tallahassee political consultant competes on MasterChef

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Josh Cooper, a local political consultant, talks about his love for cooking and experience on MasterChef as he cooks in his kitchen.
Nada Hassanein/Democrat

Aside from his chef’s knife — which he sharpens every other time he uses it — Josh Cooper’s cast-iron skillets are his most treasured kitchen tool. They fit perfectly on his Big Green Egg grill, into the oven for savory cornbread or on the stove for slightly caramelized, melt-in-your-mouth seared Chilean sea bass.

By day, Cooper is founder and political consultant at Tallahassee’s Strategic Information Consultants. But when he gets home, it’s time to unwind in the kitchen. For Cooper, cooking is “therapeutic.”

“One of my big stress relievers, is when I get home at the end of the day, I go into the kitchen — I start creating,” he said.

Wednesday, the local home chef and food blogger takes his kitchen chops national when he appears as a contestant on the cooking reality show, MasterChef, competing with home chefs across the country with judge and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay.

Last spring, Cooper drove down to Orlando for auditions. At the top of the parking deck at 5 a.m. at the DoubleTree hotel, he used his mini Big Green Egg to make his audition dish: a reverse-seared filet, with a shiitake mushroom and Gorgonzola cream sauce. That dish got his foot in the door.


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